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2008 López de Heredia "Viña Bosconia" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1500349 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Taking on a balsamic and high-toned wood character to the ripe fruit on the nose. Some dried cheese and ripe fruit, too. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins that are polished and fine. Goes on for minutes. A beautiful, traditional wine, as always. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep garnet. Intense, mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of baking spices, vanilla and woodsmoke. Supple, seamless and concentrated, yet lithe as well, offering intense raspberry, cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors underscored by vibrant mineral and blood orange nuances. Shows fine definition and sappiness and finishes sweet, focused and extremely long, with finely etched tannins adding framework and final grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark From an acclaimed family-run bodega, this medium-bodied Rioja from a cooler vintage carries considerable secondary and tertiary aromas and flavours 13 years into its evolution. Complex and well-structured, tobacco, earth and leather notes emerge on the palate, supported by beautifully integrated fine tannins. (SS) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The profile of the 2008 Viña Bosconia Reserva is a lot less ripe than the 2009, and there are some herbal undertones; it's more reserved and austere, still undeveloped after five years in barrel and at least that much time in bottle. It's a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo that matured in used American oak barrels for five years. It reveals a medium body and some dusty tannins. It's quite the opposite from the 2009, and I think a hypothetical blend of the two would be better than each. It's a cold and austere vintage of Bosconia. 75,000 bottles produced. It was bottled unfiltered and fined with egg whites in four different lots, depending on logistics. It was bottled in November 2017. (LG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points Tim Atkin "Bosconia faces south and has plenty of fruit sweetness, even in a very cool Atlantic vintage like 2008. Combining Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s a delightfully subtle, traditional Rioja. Reserva that's all about secondary and tertiary flavours and aromas rather than wood. Savoury, subtle and aromatic, with wild strawberry, tobacco and forest floor notes."


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